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AfterWords Discussion

September 29, 30, October 6

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

September 24, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

September 27, Immediately after the 2 PM matinee
Elijah Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW

Elijah Nealy For the past 25 years, Elijah C. Nealy, M.Div., LCSW has worked extensively with LGBTQ adolescents and adults in both pastoral and social service capacities. An openly identified transgender man, Elijah Nealy brings extensive clinical experience in work with trans and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and family therapy. He has also worked in the arenas of addiction treatment, couples and family therapy, mental health, and issues of spirituality in clinical practice. For 12 years he worked at the LGBT Community Center in New York City, initially as Director of their adolescent and adult mental health programs and then as Deputy Executive Director. He maintains a private practice in NYC and Westchester, and provides trainings and consultation throughout the tri-state area. His research interests include permanency planning for older youth and issues of youth aging out of foster care, community based models of practice, anti-racist models of practice, and LGBTQ concerns.


Open Captioned Performances

October 4, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

October 10, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREEwith admission.

AfterWords Discussion

November 3, 10, 11

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

November 1
Immediately following the 2:00pm matinee

JEANINE BASINGER
Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies

Jeanine Basinger is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, founder and curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, Chair of the Film Studies Department, and a 1996 recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her book, Silent Stars, won the National Board of Review's William K. Everson Prize, and her most recent book, The Star Machine, published by Knopf, 2007 won the Theatre Library Association Award. She is the author of numerous articles and book reviews in such publications as The New York Times, American Film, Film Quarterly, and Opera News, as well as ten books on film including A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960; The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre, and Anthony Mann: A Critical Study. Her new book, also to be published by Knopf is in the works. Professor Basinger is a trustee of the National Board of Review, a trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute, and a former member of the Board of Advisors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. She served as advisor to Martin Scorsese's film foundation project, The Story of Movies; co-produced and American Masters episode on Clint Eastwood, and was head consultant on the PBS special "American Cinema: 100 year of Filmmaking" for which she also wrote the companion book. A nationally recognized expert on various aspects of American film she has consulted on numerous film documentaries and projects funded by both NEA and NEH. Professor Basinger was the recipient of the Connecticut Governor's Award for her contribution to Film and the Arts in November 2006. She was also awarded an honorary degree by the American Film Institute in June of 2006 - the first time it was awarded to an academic - for her contribution to film studies and for the number of her students who work in the field. As curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archive, Basinger is responsible for the care of papers from some of film history's most significant names, both then and now; Frank Capra, Clint Eastwood, Elia Kazan, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Scorsese, John Waters, Raoul Walsh, and Jonathan Demme. Her former students include such directors as Miquel Arteta, Paul Weitz, Michael Bay and Jon Turteltaub; writers Joss Whedon, Steven Schiff, Akiva Goldsman and Bruce Eric Kaplan; actors Dana Delany, and Brad Whitford; producers Laurence Mark, Paul Schiff, Matt Greenfield, Alex Kurtzman, Matt Weiner, Marc Shmuger, and many more. Professor Basinger spearheaded the planning and fundraising for Wesleyan's new Center for Film Studies which will be named in her honor on the date of her retirement.


Open Captioned Performances

November 8, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

November 7, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

Stay tuned for related events for the 2015/16 Season!

Veterans Art Foundation Art Exhibit

Thursday, January 7 – Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Foundation is a collective of Connecticut veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam who use art—painting, photography, poetry and writing—to help deal with their post-military psychological difficulties.  Members from the Foundation will exhibit original pieces of art in various mediums in The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation (Upper) Lobby throughout the run of The Body of an American.   (FREE with admission)


A Conversation with Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien

Monday, January 11, 2016, 7:30 pm

Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Hartford Hospital’s The Institute for Living, will join Paul Watson and Dan O’Brien for an in-depth discussion surrounding The Body of an American. The Institute for Living is nationally-recognized for treating trauma, including combat-related PTSD. Dr. Schwartz is a past president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society where he has served as legislative chair for 20 years. Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. (FREE)


After War: What Happens Next?

Featuring David Finkel, Dan O’Brien and Emma Sky
Moderated by WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil
Thursday, January 14th at 7pm at The Mark Twain House & Museum
Event followed by a book sale and signing.
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT

In a first-time collaboration, three of Hartford’s cultural institutions are joining together to present a conversation on a subject that affects us all:  WAR.  Writers will discuss the aftermath of US entanglements from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia, and the consequences that reverberate both abroad and at home, in the political landscapes of recovering countries, and in the psyches of returning soldiers.  The panelists include Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist DAVID FINKLE, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You For Your Service; acclaimed poet and playwright DAN O’BRIEN, author of War Reporter and Hartford Stage’s production of Body of an American, winner of the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play; and U.K. author Emma Sky, who wrote The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq and has been named an Officer of the British Empire.  WNPR reporter Lucy Nalpathanchil will moderate an engaging and incisive conversation on the impact war has had on these writers, their work, our nation, and our world.


AfterWords Discussion

January 19, 20, 26

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

Michael HawleyJanuary 17

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE.

Guest Speaker: Michael Hawley, President of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder of the Veterans Art Foundation.


Panel Discussion: The Journey Home: A Veteran’s Perspective

Thursday, January 21, 2016, immediately following the 7:30 pm performance

Join Hartford Stage for an insightful panel discussion with representatives from  several local veterans groups (including Til Duty is Done, Community Renewal Team, Veterans Homefront Theatre, Giant Steps Art Therapy Program) as they discuss the various issues concerning veterans upon their return home (PTSD, job reentry, homelessness, reconnecting with loved ones). FREE with admission.


Open Captioned Performances

January 24, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

January 30, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

AfterWords Discussion

February 23, 24, March 1

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

February 18, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

February 21

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

February 28, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

March 5, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

AfterWords Discussion

April 12, 13, 19

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

April 7, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

April 10, immediately following the 2:00 PM Matinee

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE.


Open Captioned Performances

April 17, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

April 23, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

AfterWords Discussion

May 24, 25, May 31

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

May 19, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

May 22

Enjoy a lecture from artists and scholars connected with the production immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE


Open Captioned Performances

May 29, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.


Audio Described Performances

June 4, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.